The Superior General is the visible bond
of the very diverse parts of the Institute,
the sign of all its members gathered as one large family, that of Marie Rivier.


Mother Maria dos Anjos, pm

She was born on July 14, 1950, in Portugal. She made her religious profession on September 30, 1970. After studying religious science, she taught “Catholic moral and religious education” for 20 years in two public schools. In 1984 she was appointed Provincial Councilor, in 1995 Provincial Assistant and in 2000 Provincial Superior of the Province of Portugal. During the 2011 General Chapter, she was elected as a member of the General Council for six years. The 2017 Chapter elected her Superior General.

She likes reading and silence. The Word of God that gives life for her is found in the gospel of John 14:23: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him, we will come to him and make our home with him”.



On February 3, 1838

after having closed Marie Rivier’s eyes, Sr. Marie, her Assistant, exclaimed:

« O Mother, in heaven,

do not abandon your daughters ;


(Mourret, p. 393)


It is this same prayer that we want to repeat together on this February 3, 2022, the year in which we live the joy of the certainty   of the canonization of MARIE RIVIER.

 YES, may SAINT MARIE RIVIER give us her spirit: her ardent love for JESUS CHRIST, her faith in the power of prayer, her apostolic boldness, her compassion for all suffering.

 May this spirit of holiness take root ever more deeply in our hearts so that we may be, everywhere and at all times the presence of JESUS CHRIST, attentive to the true needs of our contemporaries. C112


Happy Easter 2021!

Dear Sisters and all the Rivier Family,

Once again, we celebrate the joy of Easter! The empty tomb of Christ becomes the center of our rejoicing and the reason for our life. The risen Christ is the crucified Christ who triumphed over the power of death and offers life in abundance to every human being in our world and this, for all ages.
While our world continues to be immersed in the plight of the pandemic, and while, day after day, we see the graves of the victims increase, FAITH allows us to transform the gaze of our heart and contemplate LIFE that bursts forth from the empty tomb of Christ. Yes, with Mary Magdalene, joyful in the Lord, we can witness to our world: Christ Jesus, our hope, is risen! Alleluia!
To each of you, and to all the Rivier Family, I wish a Happy Easter!

Mother Maria dos Anjos Alves, pm
with the Councillors
and the community of Castel


Dear Sisters
and the members of the Spiritual Family of Marie Rivier,

happy Feast Day of Marie Rivier

Together, let us celebrate,

in thanksgiving and praise,

THIS WOMAN with a heart of fire,

THIS WOMAN who invites us to live like her,

an ardent love for Jesus Christ,

faith in the power of prayer,

apostolic boldness,

and compassion for all suffering,

     THIS WOMAN who invites us to follow in her footsteps

and be an “open Gospel

in our world today!


Together, let us continue to ask with faith,

through the intercession of the Virgin Mary,

for the grace of her canonization

for the greater glory of God.


Together, let us live this day

in JOY and HOPE!


Mother MAria dos Anjos Alves, pm

Superior general

The members of the General Council and the community of Castel

Happy Feast of the Presentation of Mary, as we begin this Year of Thanksgiving!



Very dear Sisters,

A new time is beginning for us, a time of gratitude, which we welcome with a gaze of love and goodwill. We want to live it with dynamism and creativity, with wisdom and openness of heart, overflowing with confidence and commitment!

Let us live the beauty of our consecrated life, the Lord is wonderful and so very good!

  • Let us praise our God, thrice Holy, who is full of tenderness and mercy!
  • Let us say to Jesus and the Virgin Mary how much we love our Foundress, Marie Rivier!
  • Let us prepare with love, trust, and creativity for the 225th Anniversary of our Foundation!

From our lives, totally given, springs a song of praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving!  Let us praise our God for the Virgin Mary, the Church, our world, Marie Rivier, our Congregation, our families …

Let us dare to look at our lives and at our daily realities with a positive gaze, one that is full of hope and mercy. Then, we will see God at work, despite appearances and the ambiguities of life.

Thanksgiving and praise is our song of hope and beauty! Despite all that is happening in our world, I invite you to spend this year in gratitude and blessing.  May nobody ever end a day without giving thanks for someone or something!

Jesus admired the birds of the sky, the lilies of the field; he marveled at the faith of the people.  Let us cultivate a pure and open heart, a simple heart whose gaze is clear and kind.

Marie Rivier tells us today: Every moment is a treasure in which God has placed an infinity of richness and eternal delights.  Let us be persons of thanksgiving, let us become praise

May this Year of Thanksgiving bear fruits of joy, mercy, and peace for the greater glory of God and the happiness of all! Let us give thanks to the Lord!

Let us live this year with the Virgin Mary; she is a place of prayer for us, she turns us towards God, she draws the Spirit upon us… C 76. She is the model of our consecration. We are the daughters of Mary, called to live like her in a state of adoration and offering before God C 11.


                                                                                   Mère Maria dos Anjos Alves, pm

                                                                      Superior General and the General Councillors


Castel Gandolfo, November 21, 2020

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